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By Wes Talbot

Snow College student body President Tucker Smith will head to Russia on Nov. 13 as a U.S. advocate and also to represent Snow College.

Russia’s Federal Agency on Youth Affairs has asked 15 collegiate representatives from the United States to come to a conference in Moscow to discuss and learn from each other about “best practices” of how each other’s student governments are run and organized.

 “I am excited to see how the other colleges run their governments; but also how other colleges from other countries are run,” said Smith. “Our student governments are modeled after our own national governmental style. It will be interesting to see how colleges from another country will run theirs.”

Smith will join with presidents from some of the most prestigious colleges in the country for the diplomatic visit.

Other colleges attending include Columbia, MIT, Amherst, Utah Valley University, Stanford, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Carthage, University of Colorado, University of Minnesota, Harvard, West-Minster, Dixie State, Georgetown and Berkeley.

The delegates were chosen after submitting resumes and the 15 were hand picked for the trip. Snow College is the only two-year college attending. The Russian government is paying all expenses for the trip.

Asked whether Smith was intimidated to be chosen with Ivy League student body presidents, Smith scoffed.

“I feel like Snow can hand with the best of them,” he said. “It was such an honor to be selected.”

From a very young age Smith was involved in leadership.  He served as his junior high’s student body president. He had intentions of running for Student Body president at Olympus High School, before he got to the running; he was called to be on a religious council.

When first coming to Snow College in 2006, he was asked to be on the Enrollment Team; a leadership team on campus. After Snow he went on to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for two years. Upon his return in 2009, he returned to Snow College and applied to be on another leadership team called the Ambassadors. After a year serving as an Ambassador he ran for Student Body President of Snow College where he presently serves.

The itinerary of the trip is still a bit up in the air. Smith said he expects to visit some universities in Moscow and see some of the sites but has yet to receive an agenda.

“I guess we will see when we get there,” he said.